For immediate release: Saturday, March 8, 2014
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)
Our hearts ache for the men who were severely and repeatedly abused as children by a south Georgian man, Craig Peeples of Pak's Karate.
We applaud them for trying to protect other kids by reporting Peeples' crimes to law enforcement. And it's tragic that an arbitrary, archaic, predator-friendly legal technicality – the statute of limitations - means that, for now, Peebles won't be criminally charged.
Peebles' claim that this is all some elaborate scheme to get money from him is laughable.
Over the past 25 years, I've spoken with hundreds and hundreds of men, women and teens who have been sexually victimized. These men are as credible as they come. They desperately want children to be safe and Peeples to be exposed and prosecuted.
And this can happen, but only if others who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes or cover ups at Pak's Karate find the courage to speak up. We hope that every single person who has attended or worked at Pak's will aggressively reach out to others who may have been hurt and urge them to call police and prosecutors immediately.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)